Are game (time) cards being phased out?

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Because they're get harder & harder to find on sale.
In shops (in your country) or online?
Its part of Blizzards scheme to phase out WoW
22/02/2018 23:16Posted by Someoneelse
In shops (in your country) or online?


In shops. sorry should mentioned that.
22/02/2018 23:17Posted by Yoarua
Its part of Blizzards scheme to phase out WoW

Of course.
Their new expansion and working on classic servers just goes to prove how much Blizzard wants WoW to go away.
It's more to do with the stores than Blizzard probably. Game retail has been in a decline for the past few years, especially for online games. Depending on the store in question though, they might start stocking cards again if you merely ask them to; a single customer is often enough to show there's a demand for something.
22/02/2018 23:32Posted by Drae
It's more to do with the stores than Blizzard probably. Game retail has been in a decline for the past few years, especially for online games. Depending on the store in question though, they might start stocking cards again if you merely ask them to; a single customer is often enough to show there's a demand for something.


I think you are probably right. I can't remember the last time I actually went to a physical shop for items. I think so many of us buy these things via digital means.
Why would it? Before the WoW Tokens I used to buy 60-day game time cards online that were cheaper than official prices, €20 vs €26.
This link will show you some places you can get them: https://giftcards.blizzard.com/en-gb/

I've also noticed that post office's sells them too where I am.
22/02/2018 23:32Posted by Drae
It's more to do with the stores than Blizzard probably. Game retail has been in a decline for the past few years, especially for online games. Depending on the store in question though, they might start stocking cards again if you merely ask them to; a single customer is often enough to show there's a demand for something.


This.

Also, they rather stock Balance Cards that are multipurpose/useable for all Blizz games than using valuable shelfspace for a specialised product.

Personally, I went from using TimeCards to Balance cards as the later allows for a single month of play.

For those who wonder how to buy gametime iso a recurring Sub (prices are about the same iirc), they put it under Games - WoW - Services - Gametime (with options for one, three or six months). An advantage is that you don’t have to link a CC or charge account to it, and hence are less at risk when Blizz gets hacked (call me cynical, but looking at other companies and the way things are, even the most secure companies get hacked sooner or later).
The old 60-day game cards have been retired a while ago already, although you may still have access to old stock in some stores.

Nowadays you can instead purchase balance cards for the same amount 60 days would normally cost, which is 25.98 in Euros.

As Penya mentioned, you can find a list of local stores here:
https://giftcards.blizzard.com/en-gb/

You would then be able to purchase game time directly from the Blizzard Shop:
https://eu.shop.battle.net/en-gb/product/world-of-warcraft-game-time
23/02/2018 12:55Posted by Sorakleon
The old 60-day game cards have been retired a while ago already, although you may still have access to old stock in some stores.


So basicly if you can get your hand on a pristine 60-days game card it might be worth something in the future for collecting purposes?
As a guy who works for the company that makes them, i hope not.
23/02/2018 14:51Posted by Plaguevii
23/02/2018 12:55Posted by Sorakleon
The old 60-day game cards have been retired a while ago already, although you may still have access to old stock in some stores.


So basicly if you can get your hand on a pristine 60-days game card it might be worth something in the future for collecting purposes?


What?

Pft... they ain't even rare at all.

Like I said earlier you can buy them off websites a lot cheaper than official prices. Currently seeing 60-day going for €21.50 compared to official €26... Before WoW Tokens I bought them off these online shops, they gave you an image of the card scratched out for you to use the game code.
23/02/2018 15:02Posted by Harlee
23/02/2018 14:51Posted by Plaguevii
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So basicly if you can get your hand on a pristine 60-days game card it might be worth something in the future for collecting purposes?


What?

Pft... they ain't even rare at all.

Like I said earlier you can buy them off websites a lot cheaper than official prices. Currently seeing 60-day going for €21.50 compared to official €26... Before WoW Tokens I bought them off these online shops, they gave you an image of the card scratched out for you to use the game code.


Surely -now- they aren't. But if you have a card, unscratched and pristine in 10-15 years, it might be worth something for Warcraft collectors.
They're my only way of paying for the game, if they are gone then I won't be able to play anymore...

Guess I better go stockpile as many cards I can find then if they are going to be gone... Thanks Blizzard >.>
23/02/2018 15:23Posted by Saldura
They're my only way of paying for the game, if they are gone then I won't be able to play anymore...

Guess I better go stockpile as many cards I can find then if they are going to be gone... Thanks Blizzard >.>


What's stopping you from buying a WoW Token for game time? Making 300k within a month is pretty easy to do.

Just from WQ'ing + Missions I make between 12-18k per character, daily, using follower equipment to net 150g/WQ. Doing that plus AH'ing you'd be affording a WoW Token long before a month of play.

Surely -now- they aren't. But if you have a card, unscratched and pristine in 10-15 years, it might be worth something for Warcraft collectors.


Next time i print a batch then maybe I should keep back a few uncut sheets...
I got this answer when I wanted to gift BFA for my wife, as you cannot currently do that via the online store. Of course buying the game cards is not available online to make it convenient.
23/02/2018 00:19Posted by Harlee
Why would it? Before the WoW Tokens I used to buy 60-day game time cards online that were cheaper than official prices, €20 vs €26.
Do I need to tell you about the cases where people bought these cards from a third party and suddenly they find their account has been a victim to a chargeback? Good plan to save those extra cents to purchase game cards that's originally been purchased with stolen credit.

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